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Yemen: Airstrikes kill 70 people and knock out internet

Another airstrike early Friday hit a telecommunications constructing within the strategic port metropolis of Hodeidah, inflicting a nationwide internet blackout, in response to NetBlocks, a company that tracks community disruptions. At least three youngsters had been killed in that assault, Save the Children stated.

The Norwegian Refugee Council stated the internet blackout, which was nonetheless ongoing as of Friday night, would have an effect on help supply.

The Iran-back Houthi rebels, who management a lot of Yemen, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the strikes. CNN has reached out to the coalition for remark.

The Houthi-run media outlet Al Masirah confirmed graphic video of people below rubble within the aftermath of Friday’s detention heart strike within the northern Yemeni metropolis of Sa’ada. The Red Cross stated it had despatched emergency medical provides to 2 hospitals that had obtained a “very high” variety of casualties.

“From what I hear from my colleague in Sa’ada there are many bodies still at the scene of the airstrike, many missing people,” stated Ahmad Mahat, head of the MSF mission in Yemen. “It is impossible to know how many people have been killed. It seems to have been a horrific act of violence.”

An MSF-supported hospital in Sa’ada has been overwhelmed by an inflow of wounded people and can’t obtain extra, Mahat stated. Two different hospitals within the metropolis have additionally obtained massive numbers of casualties, in response to MSF.

International help teams have been struggling to collect particulars concerning the strike due to the internet blackout, a number of help staff instructed CNN.

The Saudi-led coalition didn’t touch upon the the strikes on the telecommunications constructing or the detention heart, however stated Friday that it had hit the port of Hodeidah, taking down “one of the [Houthis’] dens of maritime piracy and organized crime.”

The coalition additionally stated it attacked “military targets” within the capital Sanaa on Friday, claiming to have performed the operation “in response to the threat of hostile attacks,” Saudi state-owned SPA stated.

“The ICRC is deeply concerned about the intensification of hostilities over recent days, including attacks against cities across Yemen, in Saudi Arabia and in the United Arab Emirates, and deplores the human toll this escalation has caused,” the International Committee of the Red Cross stated Friday.



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